Alan and I had a visit with the travel nurse, because we’ll be going on a trip this spring that requires a bunch of vaccinations. I got a shot in each arm, which makes them a bit sore, but the trickiest medication is for typhoid fever, which is a live vaccine that has to be kept in the refrigerator and is to be taken every other day first thing in the morning with a glass of water and then NO FOOD for at least an hour. No tea to sip while we read our Bibles together?? How sad. 😦
The nurse told us about one mother who slipped the bag (filled with medicine for her entire family) into her purse, promptly forgot about it (—who wouldn’t with a bunch of little kids to distract you?—) and found it 5 days later. The medication is very expensive as well as a “live” vaccine, and so it was no longer potent. The distraught mother had to throw it all out and buy more. The nurse also warned us against forgetting even one day’s dose, saying that if we missed even one day, we had to start all over from the beginning with a new batch. Picky, picky!!
On the other hand, Alan and I definitely don’t want to catch typhoid fever, so we’ve been keeping our medication in the very front of the top shelf of our frig. That way, I have to move it 10 times a day and therefore remember it at least 10 times a day. Because we tend to be forgetful (especially first thing in the morning, or if Alan gets up super early and leaves), I’ve also been putting out a sign that says “MEDICATION” on our bathroom counter the night before we have to take it. And, just this morning…we’ve completed our course! 🙂
There’s something much worse than typhoid fever, and that’s losing your very soul. Maybe some of you don’t even believe you have a soul, and you might be partially right. The Bible teaches that when we are born, our spirit is dead and needs to be brought back to life through faith in Christ: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). And, how can we be born again? “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). We are born again to spiritual life and awareness when we take in, believe, and act on God’s Word.
But what about those of us who do believe? Can we lose our spiritual vitality? You bet we can, and most of us do from time to time. What should we do? May I suggest ingesting the Bible routinely, and even more intentionally and carefully than those of us who are trying to avoid such contagious diseases as hepatitis and typhoid fever? In 1 Corinthians 9:27 Paul said, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” If you “just forget,” maybe you could try keeping your Bible on the top shelf of your frig, or posting a note by your tooth brush. 🙂 A daily dose of meditating on God’s Word will really help protect us from catching the world’s spiritual diseases and help us in the fight to keep our souls healthy!
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)